Indian Springs, AL
Indian Springs School is a private coed school in Indian Springs, Alabama. Including Indian Springs School, there are 16 private schools in Shelby County.…
St Bernard Preparatory School is a private coed school in Cullman, Alabama. Almost continually since 1891, students have received a Benedictine education focusing on…
The State of Alabama, often known as the Heart of Dixie, is home to two members of the Association of of Boarding Schools, St. Bernard Preparatory School and Indian Springs School. Both are private coed schools offering classes at the middle and secondary level, and both are highly rated.
Like its home city of Cullman, Alabama, St. Bernard Preparatory School has a rich history. Founded by Benedictine monks in 1891, St. Bernard Abbey and its associated prep school were named after St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a French abbot and Doctor of the Church.
The school earned a charter from the state in 1893. Thirty-six years later the school added a junior college program, and twenty years after that a senior college program was added.
The school sits adjacent to one of Cullman’s most well-known attractions, the Ave Maria Grotto. This four-acre park houses 125 miniature reproductions of famous buildings and sites from around the world. The work is originally credited to Benedictine Brother Joseph Zoettl, who crafted the art from discarded building supplies and household items over a period of fifty years.
In addition to the Grotto, visitors flock to Bloomin’ Festival Arts and Crafts Fair in April every year. Held on the St. Bernard Preparatory School grounds, the two-day event boasts exhibitors from around the United States.
Located in Indian Springs Village fifteen miles south of Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, Indian Springs School is home to an active residence life, a dedicated faculty, and a 100% matriculation rate. The school was founded in 1952 based on instructions in the will of Birmingham native Harvey G. Woodward. It began as a residential academic and agricultural institution that admitted only boys, but by 1976 began admitting girls as well, and today its population is comprised of approximately two-thirds residential students with an even ratio of girls and boys.
The campus is located on 350 mostly-wooded acres in the rolling hills of central Alabama. In addition to seven academic buildings, there are gender-separated dorms as well as up-to-date athletic and arts facilities. Indian Springs School has an active athletics program, giving students opportunities to compete in cross country, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, and softball. Additionally, the boys and girls tennis teams enjoy competing on new courts.
The faculty has a rare longevity, with an average tenure of nineteen years. More than a quarter of them hold doctorates, and more than three quarters hold masters degrees. They even boast a faculty member who has served the school’s students from the founding.